Aerial mapping project planned through auditor’s office

LISBON – Low-flying aircraft going over county properties in the next few months may be working on an aerial mapping project through the county auditor’s office.

County commissioners have given the OK for Auditor Nancy Milliken to contract with Pictometry, an aerial imagery company, which will fly over properties across the county creating maps looking at each property from four directions.

The flights will cost $106,417, while the service of analyzing the new maps along with ones done previously for the 911 system will cost $47,145. By looking at the two maps, done a year apart, the auditor’s office will be able to see changes to property values, including additions or swimming pools added to a home or buildings no longer there.

Milliken said she plans to pay for the project using the real estate fund and believes completing this project should lower the next contract with reappraisers. It should also help with the surveys being done to determine soil types across the county.

Commissioner Timothy Weigle showed how the program works on his computer. By putting an address into the computer he was able to pull up a photo of the property, zoom in on the home, view the property lines and parcel number and look at the property from all directions.

Once completed, Weigle said subscriptions to the information will be available to public entities only. School districts, townships, the port authority and county offices will be able to purchase a subscription to the aerial surveys. It will cost $100 for county offices and $200 for non-county offices, Weigle said.

Unfortunately, he said the county will not be able to sell the subscriptions to gas and oil or pipeline companies, which would probably also like to utilize that information.

The project will begin once the leaves are gone and no longer make visibility in wooded areas so difficult.

In another county matter, commissioners have received an update from Troy Graft of the engineer’s office on sewer and water projects in the county. The Ohio Department of Transportation, interested in building a new facility next year, would like the county to run water to the facility, which will be on U.S. Route 30. Graft said the line, still in the planning stages, will go past a few homes which also will be able to hook on.

The Tobin Center has connected to the sewer system on County Home Road. However, the facility has yet to connect to the water. Graft said the facility currently use three tanks as fire suppression and still needs a permit from the state to switch to the new water supply for that use.

Graft also said he continues to look for additional funding to try to help make the Kensington project more affordable for the area.